Polarcus Alima

A 12 streamer 3D seismic vessel of the ULSTEIN SX134 design. Arctic-ready with an ICE-1A class notation, double hull and ballast water treatment system that eliminates the risk of introducing invasive species into fragile ecosystems. The vessel is capable of deploying 12 streamers of 9,000m length at 100m separation.

Vessel type

Seismic research

Design

SX134

Built by

Drydocks World Dubai

Year

2011

Owned by

Polarcus DMCC

Designed by

Ulstein Design & Solutions AS

Ordered by

Polarcus DMCC

IMO Number

9538139

Principal dimensions

Length:
92 m
Beam:
21 m
Dead weight:
4450 tonnes
Draught (max):
7.5 m
Speed (max):
15 kn
Accommodation:
69 POB

Note: Subject to selected variant configuration

Capacities

Fuel oil:
1925 cbm
Freshwater:
1020 cbm
Ballast water:
2300 cbm

Classifications

  • DnV +1A1, BWM-T, HELDK, CLEAN DESIGN, DynPos AUTR, E0, SF, NAUT-AW, WINTERIZED-BASIC, ICE-1A, COMF-V(3)

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Ship history

Delivered from Drydocks World Dubai at 21 March 2011. Six months later, the ‘Polarcus Alima’ transited to Asia-Pacific via the Northern Sea Route (NSR). This is the first known passage of a 3D seismic vessel along the NSR. Vessels making the passage are required to hold an ICE-1A or higher ice class.

Her passage commenced on 15 September from Hammerfest in Norway after completion of seismic operations in the Barents Sea. After only nine days and 3,000 nautical miles the vessel reached Cape Dezhnev in the Bering Straits. She then continued her onward passage to New Zealand to commence operations there.

The expected time savings in transit between Norway and New Zealand compared to the traditional route through the Panama Canal amounts to some eight days. The savings versus the Suez Canal, a necessity for some larger seismic vessels, amounts to thirteen days. Preparations for the voyage were carried out in close cooperation with Tschudi Arctic Transit AS through its Russian - Norwegian JV company Arctic Bulk AG, Atomflot, and the Northern Sea Route Administration in Moscow.

Commenting on the successful transit Rolf Rønningen, CEO Polarcus, said: “The successful navigation of 'Polarcus Alima' along the Northern Sea Route leads to significant savings in fuel, emissions, and time in transit.”

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